I did the accelerated program when I was about 35 years old and it wiped me out
. I didn't even have time to do laundry and the sleep deprivation was overwhelming. It felt like what I think early dementia must feel like.
We had a pharmacy instructor who also taught in the medical school. He told us the accelerated nursing program was even more grueling than medical school becuase you have way
less discretionary/free time in the nursing program.
There is no comparison between the accelerated nursing program and the first year of undergrad.
All that being said, you could try holding down a job & if you can handle it, more power to you.
Hope this helps.
P.S. I was single at the time and imagine if you lived with someone who could handle household chores like cleaning & laundry while you go to school, that would make a difference too.